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Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil Hardcover – Oct 14 2005

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  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: WND Books; 1 edition (Oct. 14 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581824890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581824896
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.6 x 23.3 cm
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., is the author of Atomic Iran and coauthor of the New York Times #1 bestseller Unfit for Command. The author of many articles and books, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and lives in New Jersey.

Craig R. Smith is the chairman of the board of Swiss America Trading Corporation.

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This book answered alot of questions I've asked myself for a long time.

Turn off the TV & the mainstream media.

Unlearn everything you've been programmed to accept as truth.

Start again.


Think for yourself.

Oil is a hydro-carbon. Hydrogen, oxygen, helium & carbon are the four most abundant elements IN THE UNIVERSE - (as far as we know today). But we're told oil is biotic... & came from dinosaurs.

I guess that means there are dinosaurs on every heavenly body out there. They just don't tell us because??? ... it might cause a panic??

Wake up!

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A bit of a tough read in places. The authors like to make and remake a point several times, and occasionally they get carried away. The book also needs some serious editing - sometimes numbers quoted on one page get switched around on a later page. Nevertheless, none of this detracts from the truths or the theory offered, any more than an opionion is invalidated because of a spelling error. The point is, global warming is the biggest scam of the last two centuries, and yet it continues. People are willing to believe anything they read in a newspaper, or see on a TV show, even if there are no facts to support the claims. And that is the real truth here, folks. In spite of everything you may have read, there is not one single piece of clear empirical data that proves or even suggests that global warming is a reality. In fact, the opposite is true. It is sheer arrogance on the part of environmentalist for them to suggest that the human race could, in just a few hundred years, completely disrupt the evolution of a planet that has been around for billions of years, most of which have been marked by cataclysmic events like ice-ages, virtually unending volcanic activity, earthquakes - you name it. Oil consumption doesn't do a thing to hurt our climate and in fact, may even help us in many regards - like feeding trees with carbon dioxide, for instance. We haven't begun to use our oil yet, and the sooner we start ignoring the people who throw out all kinds of wild theories and untruths, the better off we'll be. Isn't it amazing that a trained weatherman can't tell you with even a 50% reliability factor what the weather is going to be next week, but environmentalists can tell us with absolute certainty what is going to happen in ten years? Why do they throw these hare-brained theories around?Read more ›
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HASH(0x9fc8b174) out of 5 stars Conventional Wisdom Regarding Oil Origins May Be Wrong Feb. 24 2010
By Jay Lehr - Published on
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In 1956, while studying petroleum engineering at Princeton University, I read a statement by Vladimir Porfir'yev, a prominent Russian geologist, who said, "The overwhelming preponderance of geological evidence compels the conclusion that crude oil and natural gas have no intrinsic connection with biological matter originating near the surface of the Earth. They are primordial materials which have been erupted from great depth."

My recognition of the near total vagueness of all I had studied regarding the origin of oil up to that moment made Porfir'yev's statement appear completely logical to me.

In the intervening years I read a great deal of material written by the late Thomas Gold of Cornell University, who espoused the very same scientific position on the origin of oil, which has been largely ignored by the U.S. oil industry. Not so by the Russians, who have uncovered vast reserves of oil as a result of not looking for biological decay and seismic structural traps, but rather just geologic structural traps connected to deep crustal hot spots.

Soviet scientists ridiculed the idea that an ancient, primeval morass of plant and animal remains was covered by sedimentary deposits over millions of years, and compressed for millions of more years of heat and pressure, to create oil and natural gas.

Longtime Soviet Knowledge

The story of why this theory did not advance beyond the Soviet Union is told in the excellent book Black Gold Stranglehold, along with much more about the myths of oil scarcity and the politics of oil.

The reason the theory never left Russia is that Stalin had no reason to inform his enemies, especially not Americans or the British. Also, most of the findings of the Soviet scientists were published in Russian, and few American or British scholars of the day read Russian. Besides, we were locked into the mindset that oil is a fossil fuel.

Over the past 50 years Soviet scientists have published hundreds of papers on the non-biologic formation of oil within the Earth. The theory is widely accepted in Russia, though largely unheard of in the rest of the world.

Americans have been deeply invested in the idea that we are running out of oil, and that oil companies are making unconscionable profits while destroying our environment and ignoring renewable energy sources. Any competing idea is so threatening that it has to be ridiculed and left unexamined, lest it be proven true.

How else could radical environmentalists continue their attack on the oil companies, a pillar, in their view, of American capitalism at its corrupt worst?

Challenging `Dead Dinosaurs'

In 1982, Gold said in a publication with British scientist Fred Hoyle, "The suggestion that petroleum might have arisen from some transformation of squashed fish or biological detritus is surely the silliest notion to have been entertained by substantial numbers of persons over an extended period of time."

The fossil fuel theory dates back to the Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov in 1757, when he stated in the Proceedings of the Imperial Academy of Science in St. Petersburg, "Rock oil originates as tiny bodies of animals buried in the sediments which, under the influence of increased temperature and pressure acting during an unimaginable long period of time, transform into rock oil."

Dimitry Mendeleyev, who first arranged the Periodic Table of Elements based on atomic mass in 1896, fiercely rejected Lomonosov's theory. Nevertheless, Lomonosov's theory took hold throughout most of the world. Mendeleyev suggested oil is primordial material, but Russians themselves did not change their minds for more than half a century, and the rest of the world never did.

I was persuaded initially, many years ago, that oil was not derived from biologic material by the very same unanswered questions stated by Corsi and Smith: "Why don't the text books show the oil transformation formulas specifying in equation form the amount of pressure that must be applied over what period of time? Where do we find the exact chemical formulae under which ancient leaves and bones became hydrocarbon petroleum? Where is the laboratory experimental proof?"

Fossil Challenge Not New

Gold's most famous book on the subject was published in 1998, The Deep Hot Biosphere: The Myth of Fossil Fuels. Gold's thinking about oil began with his primary discipline, astronomy.

As an astronomer, he was aware that hydrocarbons are abundant in the universe, where we assume no life exists. Thus, how could hydrocarbons be organic chemicals resulting from life processes on Earth? He reasoned that hydrogen--being common in the universe--could combine with carbon to form hydrocarbon whether life is present or not. This idea was evidently never passed on to geologists.

Gold reasoned that we find more oil in the Middle East than Florida or Montana because deep subsurface structures in the Middle East are more fractured there, allowing the oil to flow upward due to its low specific gravity and the rotation of the Earth. He believed the reason we find oil in sedimentary rocks is not because they encased rotting ancient forests and dinosaurs, but because sedimentary rock is porous enough for the oil moving toward the surface of the Earth to pool within it.

Corsi and Smith then describe how Gold deduced that oil, as it travels upward from deep within the Earth's mantle, is able to pick up various microbes and bacteria that live in the layers of rock through which the oil passes on its way to the Earth's surface. These microbes are adapted to living directly off the hydrocarbons that constitute the oil itself, without need of sunlight or photosynthesis.

Therefore, oil could contain evidence of living organisms and still be a completely abiotic substance (one not requiring any form of living agent to be produced). Corsi and Smith conclude that "the fossil fuel theory is limiting in that we are looking for oil in the wrong places, [and] underestimating the availability of oil because we are locked into a belief that oil will have to run out."

Peak Oil Deception

The authors lay much of the blame for this continuing confusion on the shoulders of M. King Hubbert (who happened to be one of my mentors), for telling the world in 1957 that oil production would peak in the 1970s and then decline. At the time, I questioned Hubbert to no avail, and regardless of the fact that he was known to be wrong by the time the 1980s came along, the energy doomsayers insisted that his core theory was right, but just a few decades off.

They still have not given up, despite the fact that new oil fields are being found worldwide. Today we have more proven oil reserves than ever before. There is no empirical evidence that these trends will ever stop.

The authors of Black Gold state emphatically that the world is not running out of oil. However, note the authors, this alternative hypothesis is "the one supporters of Hubbert's Peak never contemplate seriously." Hubbert's Peak proponents simply say that no matter how much oil we find around the world, eventually explorers are bound to find all of it.

Corsi and Smith nail current reality with the following observation: "Reading book after book predicting gloom and doom, we are left with the conclusion that the fossil-fuel advocates are locked into the type of thinking best characterized by Thomas Robert Malthus, whose famous 1789 essay predicted that population would ultimately outstrip our ability to produce food, resulting in a series of crises such as war and famine which in turn would cut back populations to more manageable levels."

Malthus is famous not because his theory was right but because experience proved him wrong.

Oil Reserves Growing

To support their claim that we have more accessible oil available than ever before, with a great deal more on the horizon, Corsi and Smith describe in great detail many of the newest oil fields being put into production, including ones in Kazakhstan, Iran, and countless offshore areas, all of which support their abiotic theory.

Taking data from the United States Energy Information Administration, the authors explain that in 2005 proven world reserves totaled 1.28 trillion barrels, while in 1980 the proven reserves were only 645 billion barrels.

Alarmists fail to realize that we are finding more oil all the time. Nor do they acknowledge that their predictions that we are running out of oil have always been wrong. They simply keep pushing the year we will run out of oil further decades ahead.

If Corsi, Smith, and Gold are right, that decade is unlikely ever to arrive.

Small ANWR Footprint

Corsi and Smith describe the foolishness of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) being put off-limits for resource recovery by the very same people who insist we are running out of oil. The area on which the president wishes to produce oil in ANWR, they say, compares to the size of a postage stamp on a football field.

The footprint of 2,000 acres we need against the more than 19 million acres in ANWR is only one one-hundredth of 1 percent. The object of the most vocal opponents of ANWR oil production is to stop all oil production in the United States instead of proceeding under environmentally responsible conditions.

Strongly Recommend

Black Gold Stranglehold also contains excellent chapters on the global warming hoax,described monthly on the pages of this publication, and our nuclear energy success and future potential.

Where else can you learn that we have 103 nuclear plants operating in 31 states providing the nation with 20 percent of its electric power, while Vermont, perhaps our most liberal state, gets 74 percent of its electricity from nuclear power, followed by South Carolina (55 percent), Connecticut (54 percent), New Jersey (52 percent), Illinois (50 percent), and New Hampshire (43 percent)?

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the world's oil supply from the point of view of economics, politics, exploration, location, and technology.


Jay Lehr, Ph.D. ( is science director of The Heartland Institute.
42 of 58 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fc8b0f0) out of 5 stars Let's Be Fair Dec 6 2005
By A Reader - Published on
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Just reading how polarized these comments are -- looking at what the low-rating readers say -- made me want to read this book. There must be something here that the "fossil fuel" guys don't want us to know -- that's what I concluded. Then I read the book. Okay, a few typos -- so it's a first printing, okay. But it never made any sense that oil came from dinosaurs. This is what the oil companies want us to think. The low ratings on this book look political, like somebody's pet theory got stepped on. Let's open up our minds. Maybe the sun doesn't revolve around the Earth. Is there any harm in taking a challenging theory seriously? I don't think so. The book is easy to read and it made me think. There are a lot of people working in oil fields and in the petroleum industry who agree with what this book says, even if they don't want to get fired for saying so. Read the book and make up your own mind. That's what I think.
68 of 96 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa003f768) out of 5 stars The author should take a course in basic math Nov. 5 2006
By Joseph - Published on
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I bought this book looking forward to reading evidence that oil came from a geophysical process rather than biological. I still hope that is true, but this author has almost completely convinced me against it.

I've never read a book with so many mathematical errors. I'll give a few examples of the many that exist. There's a section from page 72-78. Throughout this section, the author uses million, billion and trillion interchangeably as if they were the same number. On page 83 he states that carbon dioxide makes up one tenth of one percent of the atmosphere. On page 85 he states that it makes up a full one percent. He then procedes to do some calculations that are off by a factor of 10. On page 103 he mentions how much carbon various countries are putting into the atmosphere. He says nothing as to time. Do they put this much out every day, year decade...who knows!

The author's main argument against his opposition is 'They're stupid because they don't believe what I believe.' He seems to think if he calls them stupid enough times in enough ways we'll start to realize what a genius he is. One example of this: He says that big oil fields are being found in the ocean below two miles of water. He ridicules the bio-oil people mentioning what idiots they must be to believe that this area must once have been above water for dinosaurs to die on it and become oil. I wonder, did it ever cross his mind that bio-material is continuously falling to the bottom of the ocean by the billions of tons. The material would thicken, come under pressure (even more than the water provides) and over millions of years plate tectonics would move it deep into the mantle.

He unashamedly says we should use all the oil we want. There's an unlimited supply and man is stupid if he thinks he's powerful enough to cause global warming. In one chapter he goes into depth explaining how great it is that we import a large part of our oil. It brings mutual international investment and interdependence. In this chapter he says the U.S. uses 20 million barrels a day getting 1.5M from Canada, 1.5M from Mexico and 1.5M from Saudi Arabia. The rest from other sources. In the next chapter he rails against importing oil. In his words, "We have never before in our history experienced this massive a transfer of our national wealth overseas." etc... In this chapter we use 21M barrels a day. We get 1.72M from Canada, 1.75M from Mexico and 1.4M from the Saudis.

In summary, this is one of the worst books I have ever read. He doesn't have a clue what he's talking about and isn't even consistent in his own words. Don't waste your money buying this book. I wish I had read the other reviews before I did.
36 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fc87ee8) out of 5 stars Very Informative Nov. 16 2005
By Crosslands - Published on
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The book is a very informative overview of the oil industry, its potential and its problems. The book discusses the sources of, production trends, unrational production hindrances and potential threats to the supply of oil. In particular the overview on the abiotic oil theory is praiseworthy. There is much scientific support for the abiotic (non fossil) source of oil, a lot of which is referenced in the book. Yet this theory has not soaked into establishment thinking in the United States.

However I am going to be bit harsh on this work. The discussion on the global warming hypothesis is good as far as it goes. In particular the exposition of the fact that only a small proportion of the carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere is from human sources is on target. However the authors omit much discussion of the natural sinks of carbon dioxide such as the oceans. An even graver omission is not devoting a chapter to the fallacious hockey stick (unprecented recent global warming) hypothesis endorsed by the IPCC, an organization that was supposed to be guided by carefull and verified scientific research. The refutation of the hockey stick hypothesis by two courageous Canadian researchers demonstrates the dubious nature of the claims of the establishment global warming proponents. The demise of the hockey stick is an enormously important chapter of both the global warming debate and the oil industry.

Another criticism is the suggestion as one the seven proposed steps a gold linked international dollar. The value of gold remains fairly constant in the long term but varies greatly from year to year. And the gold standard in history tended to bring recurring spouts of deep recession or depression and great unemployment.

But all in all a very good informative book. The work deserves the widest dissemination.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fca51d4) out of 5 stars A book of REVELATIONS May 25 2016
By M. Degani - Published on
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A book of REVELATIONS---though only to those who succumb to the propaganda Media, yet are open-minded enough to read a book that contradicts everything they have been brain-washed to belive in.

This book PROVES that everything we (as a society) think we know about the so-called "Fossil" Fuels, Global Warming, etc. are all intentional and calculated lies driven towards nefarious ends.

If you read it, you will first discover that "Fossil" Fuels have absolutely NOTHING to do with fossils. Just ask yourself how can Fossils be found on Saturn's moon, Titan and everywhere else in the Universe---unless you also believes that Dinosaurs had lived, or still are living everywhere in the Universe?

Then you will discover that HydroCarbons (Oil, Natural Gas, Coal) have been a part of the Earth Mantle ever since the Earth was formed. This means that you can find Hydrocarbons basically WHEREVER on Earth if you dig deep enough. That's why recent Deep-Sea drillings (in particular) have found Tens of vast oil fields. That's why the Hubbert prediction that we would run out of oil by 1970 (or 1990, or whenever) is so laughable.

The bottom line is that the Earth is awash in Hydrocarbons and that we only need to advance our technologically enough to extract as much as we will ever need for the next Million years, or so.